Re: Photo: SP Flat Car(s) Transformer(s)

Richard Brennan


Upon closer examination I think you are correct - Re-writing:
These are two nearly-identical transformers on TWO different SP 70-ton(ish) SP Flat cars:

Photo on 4-8-1937 on SP 43595 F-50-12 ... with what look to be 70-ton leaf-spring trucks.

Two days later, 4-10-1937, with nearly identical load... SP 49679 , the lone F-70-1... nee F-50-14 with heavier trucks.
AFAIK... this is the only known (so far) photo of 49679... on what was probably its first revenue trip.

Richard Brennan - San Leandro CA

At 07:03 PM 1/15/2021, Dan Smith wrote:
Richard Brennan wrote:

Photo on 4-8-1937 as SP 43595
Two days later, 4-10-1937, with SAME load... as SP 49679

I'm not sure if this is to imply that these 2 cars are the same car ? The same actual load ?

SP 43595 is an F-50-12 class car, 40' 10" length, with 70t trucks added. A temporary expedient ? Not listed in notes in the 7-39 ORER.

SP 49679 is an F-70-1 class car, 52' length, according to Tony's book.
But the 7-37 ORER lists it as an F-50-14, the last in it's # series. Were these trucks added for this load ? Kept with the car creating a new one off class ?
This might be a good question for Tony to chime in on.
Was car 49679 built as a 70t car? As class F-70-1 ?
Or was this car converted after delivery from an F-50-14 ? And then kept that way ? Car listed as 70t car in 3-39 ORER.

An interesting tidbit,
Dan Smith

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